Spring starts in a few days, which is always good news, but here in crowded Mexifornia, winter rainfall has been disappointingly slim. The drought is bad and getting worse because the stored water in reservoirs has become even more drained.
How bad is the drought?
A study published in December characterized it as the worst in 1200 [...]
Water is an important topic here in the western half of the United States, because we don’t have enough of it. In California, we are in the third year of a severe drought, and nature is not supplying much water in this winter’s rainy season.
Below, Lake Tahoe, located on the border of California and Nevada, [...]
The Los Angeles Times has been doing a fair amount of drought coverage that can be worry-making (e.g. “Severe drought? California has been here before”), but on Monday it assured readers that 70 years of low rainfall won’t be a state killer.
Well-read water worriers know about the Medieval mega-droughts that struck the west from 900 [...]
Here in northern California, local TV news has a lot of coverage about the water shortage, which I don’t remember happening during previous droughts. So the situation is bad, with millions more people using water when there is less of it.
True, most of the water supply goes to agriculture, not home faucets, but the farms [...]
California’s worsening drought is looking dire, but there’s a limit to what the people should be forced to endure. Freedom of religion is fine, a protected right, but when Muslims chant “Allah Ackbar” over a California water source (as can be heard on a news video), that’s over the line.
“Allah Ackbar” is a war cry, [...]
On the last day of 2013, one bad statistic is the amount of rainfall for California; this year has been among the driest around the state, and the driest ever on record in San Francisco.
The average precipitation for the city, as recorded from 1849, is around 21 inches; this year saw only 5.59 inches.
Elsewhere, Yosemite [...]
The failing economy of the once-Golden State has perked up enough to start drawing newbies once again, with more than 300,000 new residents in the last year. California had unemployment over 10 percent for four years, so October’s 8.7 percent joblessness indicates the uptick that is so attractive to outsiders.
In San Francisco, the tech industry [...]
Water supply in California is such a serious issue that even journalists report on it.
Of course, scribblers describe the problem in terms of supply only (rainfall, reservoir levels and snowpack), never the growing demand (immigration-fueled population growth).
In recent decades, following a bad state-wide drought in the mid 1970s, Los Angeles installed millions of water-conserving toilets [...]
West of the Mississippi, water supply is a problem. (Check out the Drought Monitor map, updated weekly, to see the current state of dryness which is concentrated in the west, not the east.)
California is overpopulated at 38 million residents, and several years of sub-average rainfall have added to the stress on water supply. The majority [...]
At 38 million residents, California is overpopulated from a water supply standpoint. Any normal reduction of rainfall for several years is now a source of concern that rationing is likely to follow. The state has had two years of sub-normal rain which puts a strain on water supply for drinkers, farmers and fishermen. Plus, long [...]
It’s been two years of below-average rainfall in the Golden (Brown) State, so water supply is concerning. The snowpack is only about half of historic levels, but new water users keep coming from around the world. How will newbies wash their lowriders if water use is restricted?
Below, California Department of Water Resources hydrologists measure the [...]
Among elites in Washington, population growth of any kind, even of stubbornly retro third-worlders, is preferable to a sustainable society. The reason is simple: expanding population causes GNP to rise, which looks good, even as per capita income of the citizens decreases. The idea of the country being full never occurs.
Yet even without a strong [...]